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Phase Two of County Border-to-Border Trail Underway Connecting Hudson Mills to Dexter

A 3-mile trail connector from Hudson Mills Metropark will begin construction in February.

Plans to construct a 3-mile non-motorized trail from Hudson Mills Metropark to the village of Dexter will begin in February.

The project is part of a sprawling multi-county effort to develop a 35-mile non-motorized trail connecting Livingston, Wayne, and Washtenaw counties along the Huron River.

The Hudson Mills segment of the trail will be constructed on Huron-Clinton Metroparks property and is being overseen by the metroparks directly.

Upon completion, the project will connect to the West Side Connector boardwalk that was recently completed in 2012 and will allow pedestrians and bicyclists to safely travel from the village of Dexter to Hudson Mills Metropark and vice versa.

E.T. MacKenzie Company, the contractor for the project, said the project will begin in February with the clearing of trees along the alignment of the proposed pathway.

Village President Shawn Keough said residents in the village's Westridge Subdivision and Cedars of Dexter development, along with residents in nearby Dexter Township and Webster Township, will likely hear the sounds of machines working during the daylight hours as tree clearing begins.

The contractor’s normal winter working hours will start at 7:30 a.m.

"Following the clearing of trees and removal of roots, the contractor will be installing the necessary timber piling to support the new boardwalk portions of the pathway," the village wrote on its Facebook page. "The timber pile installation will also be an operation that will involve machinery, which will likely be heard by nearby residents during the day."

Keough said E.T. MacKenzie Company will be working on the portions of the pathway closest to the village from early February through early April.

All of the dates are approximate at this time, pending the official award of the contract by the state.

The contractor’s progress will depend on many factors including weather and material availability.

"We will do our best to keep residents informed of the progress of the project, but wanted to provide as much notice as possible about this much anticipated project," the village wrote in a notice to residents.

For questions about the Border-to-Border project, contact Mike Arens at the Huron Clinton Metroparks at 1-800-477-2757, or email mike.arens@metroparks.com.

Barbara Fike January 15, 2013 at 12:34 PM
Not really a very pleasant sound after all the trees we lost on our property from the tornado last year. Heartbreaking really.
Gimarna January 15, 2013 at 02:49 PM
I hiked this section of proposed trail about a month ago and it seems that some of the tree removal behind Westridge will be of tornado downed trees. The woods there was also littered with siding, mostly behind East and Parkridge Dr's. A beautiful stand of mature hardwoods, north of the power lines and on Hudson Mills property, was ravaged by the tornado and had been harvested leaving the slash behind at the time I went through. There is also a wall of downed trees lining the power line corridor. North of that is mostly acres and acres of field all the way to the golf course. North of the golf course is more woods, that was not as damaged by the tornado, until you get to the the paved section of trail that Hudson Mills put in a few years ago. (The woods between the trail and Dexter Pinckney was littered with everything from shingles to trash cans to large sections of OSB with roofing still attached...)
Amos Walker January 26, 2013 at 10:12 PM
This is great news, I have been waiting for this for two years. Daniel is the first word of this article "Plans" what is beginning or is it construction? I thought the plans were done.
Carol Whitney October 28, 2013 at 07:01 PM
It is open! Thanks, just love it!
Heather Schafran Eldridge July 06, 2014 at 10:31 AM
I enjoyed it very much. I was only able to go a mile, but next time I'll go further!

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